Innocence and Experience: ‘Canterbury Girls’ – Lily & Madeleine

Canterbury Girls refers to Canterbury Park in Indianapolis, IN, Madeleine tells me. “It’s the first place of adolescent freedom, the first place of blossoming girlhood - and a place to imagine the future a girl wants." But as Madeleine goes onto tell me, though the park is a place freedom and child-like fantasies, full of uninhibited … Continue reading Innocence and Experience: ‘Canterbury Girls’ – Lily & Madeleine

Hope in the Dark: A conversation with singer-songwriter Sophie Sanders

In early January I met singer-songwriter Sophie Sanders. Sophie had released her debut album Steep and Shining Spaces in November, a collection of poetic songs set against a sonically luscious ambience, which brings to mind front porches in the spring as the magnolia is about to bloom, hardwood floors at night, and open blue skies. This … Continue reading Hope in the Dark: A conversation with singer-songwriter Sophie Sanders

Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf and Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’: an essay

In the linear notes to her album Red, Taylor Swift wrote, in reference to a love that doesn’t fade or spontaneously combust, “maybe I’ll write a whole about that kind of love if I ever find it.” And she has. But like all art, her newest album Reputation isn’t just one thing. The album has … Continue reading Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf and Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’: an essay

‘Uphill Battle’ – Rozzi

All women, once all the pretence and perfection has been shed, like mascara running off wet eyes, are full of contradictions and complexities that go beyond the mantle of being “a difficult woman”. We are neither good nor bad; virginal or slutty; nice or bitchy; easy or difficult; strong or weak; we are all those … Continue reading ‘Uphill Battle’ – Rozzi

‘December Song’ – Joy Williams feat. Birdtalker

Christmas and New Year is a troubled time of year. On the one hand, it can be immensely joyful, fulfilling and happy but on the other it can be sad and lonely, full of the longing and homesickness for people no longer in our lives. Whether those absences are down to choice or fate, it … Continue reading ‘December Song’ – Joy Williams feat. Birdtalker

Damned: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

"I don't like your little games/ Don't like your tilted stage/ The role you made me play/ Of the fool, no, I don't like you." Last week Taylor Swift announced her new album Reputation and the accompanying first single 'Look What You Made Me Do'. In the run up to both announcements, Swift had wiped her social media accounts and … Continue reading Damned: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

Something Old, Something New: Norah Jones – ‘Not Too Late’

Something Old, Something New is purely a selfish way for me to write about music that I love. Some of it will be the music I heard my parents playing when I was growing up and some of it will be music I discovered on my own but all of it will be music that … Continue reading Something Old, Something New: Norah Jones – ‘Not Too Late’

Dia Frampton – Scars, Cuts and Bruises

“Bruises can be dangerous, because they don't quite break the skin, so you feel like you're actually okay, but the pain is buried underneath”. These are the words Dia Frampton uses when describing her upcoming album Bruises (released March 3rd). “I felt like over the years I had accumulated many bruises: fear of failure, fear … Continue reading Dia Frampton – Scars, Cuts and Bruises

‘Beulah’ – John Paul White

“This place is called Beulah. It is a pleasant lovely shadow. Where no dispute can come.” Milton by William Blake Beulah, John Paul White’s first release since the ending of his band The Civil Wars, weaves together folk, Southern rock, Americana and even pop but all on the darker and more melancholy end of the … Continue reading ‘Beulah’ – John Paul White

The Summer of Eps: Part 3 Caitlyn Smith

July has seen a quick succession of standalone EP’s released by women in Nashville; Caitlyn Smith, Molly Parden and Joy Williams. The story and words are the prime focus of these artists who refuse to stick to one “type” of music and who bend genres, and at times reimagine them, all in service of the story. The first of … Continue reading The Summer of Eps: Part 3 Caitlyn Smith